Old .30-06 I need a safety check by gunsmith

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Old .30-06 I need a safety check by gunsmith

Postby VMAX97 on Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:12 pm

Hey, my wife inherited her father's guns since I am the gun guy in the extended family and my father-in-law has an old M1 in .30-06. The gun has not been shot in 30+ years and was not maintained, I need a local gunsmith to check it out.

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Re: Old .30-06 I need a safety check by gunsmith

Postby Rip Van Winkle on Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:49 pm

Does the action open and close?

Does the bore have any rifling left?

What manufacture, and serial # range? (just curious)
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Re: Old .30-06 I need a safety check by gunsmith

Postby crbutler on Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:54 pm

If it was poorly stored, I would agree that you need a gunsmith to check it over.

Not that headspace would go, but rather to make sure the gas port is open, that the gas system works right, etc. There might have been corrosive ammo fired in it, and you may find a mess in the gas system.

If there is no obvious rust, you could strip it down, clean it thoroughly, lube it and try shooting it. But that may be more that you feel comfortable with. You have to have an idea of your limitations!
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Re: Old .30-06 I need a safety check by gunsmith

Postby moondog on Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:25 pm

Go to Bob Odenthal,odenthalgunsmothing.com. In Prior Lake close to Bracketts Country Club.
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Re: Old .30-06 I need a safety check by gunsmith

Postby moondog on Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:26 pm

my bad, odenthalgunsmithing.com
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Re: Old .30-06 I need a safety check by gunsmith

Postby Holland&Holland on Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:29 pm

crbutler wrote:If it was poorly stored, I would agree that you need a gunsmith to check it over.

Not that headspace would go, but rather to make sure the gas port is open, that the gas system works right, etc. There might have been corrosive ammo fired in it, and you may find a mess in the gas system.

If there is no obvious rust, you could strip it down, clean it thoroughly, lube it and try shooting it. But that may be more that you feel comfortable with. You have to have an idea of your limitations!


I the gas port is not open it would just become a bolt action correct?
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Re: Old .30-06 I need a safety check by gunsmith

Postby crbutler on Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:45 pm

As far as shooting goes, it would be a single shot that you could work the action straight pull style. Its just there may be some other things wrong- like the firing pin getting stuck due to gunk- slamfires in a .30-06 might be ugly.

If you don't feel confident in disassembly, cleaning, and reassembly of a Garand, a gunsmith is definitely the way to go.

If you have used them before and have a borescope, you probably can take it down and clean it up, or at least know what specifically needs a gunsmith/armorer's attention.
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Re: Old .30-06 I need a safety check by gunsmith

Postby Holland&Holland on Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:59 pm

Slam fire while it might startle you should not be an issue if you are following correct muzzle control.
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Re: Old .30-06 I need a safety check by gunsmith

Postby VMAX97 on Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:00 pm

moondog wrote:my bad, odenthalgunsmithing.com

From my understanding from talking to Bob many years ago when he did work on my trap gun, he does not work on rifles, but I will check with him again.
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Re: Old .30-06 I need a safety check by gunsmith

Postby Holland&Holland on Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:36 am

VMAX97 wrote:
moondog wrote:my bad, odenthalgunsmithing.com

From my understanding from talking to Bob many years ago when he did work on my trap gun, he does not work on rifles, but I will check with him again.

So what does the bore look like?
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Re: Old .30-06 I need a safety check by gunsmith

Postby Rip Van Winkle on Sat Mar 28, 2020 7:16 am

I've never personally used him, but Jim Kobe in Bloomington comes highly recommended with the folks I shoot with. 952-884-6031
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